Mesothelioma symposium coming to Houston

On May 20, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to eradicate the life-ending effects of mesothelioma, will hold a conference for patients and their loved ones in Houston to ensure that those in need are provided with life-saving information.

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation recently announced that, instead of one large conference in Washington, D.C., its 2016 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma will consist of three individual conferences in three distinct parts of the country: Houston (May 20), San Francisco (Sept. 16), and Chicago (Oct. 7).

Each conference will be a one-day event starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending around 6:30 p.m., including breakfast, lunch, and a cocktail hour, plus coffee breaks throughout the day. Each will feature top mesothelioma experts, professionally moderated support sessions, and numerous opportunities for socialization.

The Houston conference will be held at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Houston, and will feature speakers from MD Anderson and Baylor College of Medicine, such as Dr. David Sugarbaker, Dr. Anne Tsao, and Dr. David Rice. The full agenda is available at

This first such conference was held in 2004 (and every year since then), and has seen thousands of attendees.

Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. With the life expectancy of less than one year after diagnosis, medical experts consider it one of the most aggressive and deadly of all cancers. An estimated one-third of those who develop mesothelioma were exposed while serving in the Navy or working in shipyards. Currently, few treatment options exist. There is no cure.

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